Apple Pie Recipe

apple pie recipe

Happy Thanksgiving!   I woke up early this morning to make apple pie. Homemade. From scratch.   Crust and all! Yes, yes, I know I should have done it yesterday. So that I could sleep in and relax. But I knew my post-operative pet would be waking me sometime between 6:30 and 7:00 AM. And, […]

Pie Pops

pie pop recipe

I will be making pies for Thanksgiving. And yes, you read that right. Pies, plural. With an s on the end. As in more than one pie …   When my sister-in-law asked if I would like to bring a pie to the Thanksgiving feast she is so generously hosting this year, I responded with a […]

Mini Tinsel Wreath Ornament & A Link Party

christmas ornament craft ideas

Cue the marching band …   It’s finally here. The much-anticipated 12th Day of Christmas!   And I know those of you who subscribe have grown sick of seeing me in your inbox every morning for the past 12 days. In fact, one among you sent me an email asking me how to “unsubscribe”…   Ouch.   […]

Monogram Ornament

christmas craft ideas

The pile.   If have/had/will soon have (or have ever been) a teenage girl, you know exactly what I’m talking about. A visual should pop up in your head; a visual of a heaping mound of clothes. A mix of clean and dirty. With a few random bits of paper and some pens and maybe a […]

Bottle Brush Tree Ornament

christmas craft ideas

Sure it’s a challenge to create and photograph and post about 12 ornament projects 12 days in a row. But you know what I find more challenging? Coming up with interesting things to say 12 days in a row …   I fear I may have hit the wall.   The words have dried up. […]

Stuffed Candy Cane Ornament

Christmas craft ideas

 Shhh …   Don’t tell the other ornaments, but this one might be my favorite.     Maybe it’s the fabric. Maybe it’s the cute little bows. Maybe it’s the stuffing …   … one thing I DO know, it’s not the easy-to-make factor.   Turning it from right sides together  to right side out […]

Snow Globe Ornament

Christmas craft idea

There’s a radio station in Chicago that gets an early start on the holiday season, switching over their format to play holiday music 24-hours-a-day. I thought this happened sometime after Thanksgiving but, to my surprise, realized they start much earlier …   as in last Friday earlier.   I was in the car driving home […]

Mason Jar Lid Ornament

christmas craft

It was only a matter of time before I made a mason jar related ornament, wasn’t it?   In fact, you’re probably wondering what took so long. I mean, we’re already 7 days into the 12 Days of Christmas ornament crafting, after all. So I won’t make you wait even a second longer … Ta […]

Picture Frame Ornament

ornament craft ideas

Every Christmas my mother would pull out our sitting on Santa’s lap photos and hang them on the wall. Right in the center of the house.   You couldn’t miss them if you tried.   There they were. On the first wall  in your line of vision when you walked in the front door.   […]

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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On this 5th Day of Christmas crafting, I have to face a hard truth. A harsh reality …   my flip flop wearing days are over.   The 2014 flip flop season has officially come to a close. Much like the Chicago Cubs, there will be no playoff season. Their last hurrah has come   […]

Chalkboard Paint Ornament

chalkboard painted ornament

So, are you inspired yet? Motivated?   Feeling the Christmas spirit?   I’ve been humming Christmas carols to myself for the past two weeks as I’ve wrapped and glued and painted and created by my 12 Days of Christmas ornament crafts …   … and that makes it sound like I have all of my […]

Red & White Ribbon Wrapped Ornaments

ribbon ornaments

Here we are on the 3rd Day of the 12 Days of Christmas event. And no, I’m not pulling my hair out.   Yet.   My sanity is still intact.   Thus far.   But creating and posting for 12 consecutive days in a row is a new one for me. So rest assured, there’s […]

Embroidery Hoop Ornament

christmas ornament craft ideas

Welcome to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas ornament crafting. It’s a 12 day event with 12 bloggers making 12 ornaments each and sharing for 12 consecutive days for a total of 144 handmade ornaments created in the end. Phew. We culminate with a multi-blog link party on November 23 where you can […]

Sweater Wrapped Ornaments

sweater christmas ball

I owe you all an apology.   You see, I’m not just a contributor to the pre-Thanksgiving Christmas frenzy. I’m an instigator.   That’s right, I’m flame fanner.   Oh, who am I kidding. I’m not just fanning that flame, I’m throwing big heaping buckets of fuel on it!   It all started when I […]

A Snow Globe, A Screen Door & The Abyss

snow globe handmade

We took the screen door off the front of the house this weekend.   I realize that doesn’t sound like a big deal. A monumental event. Something worthy of a blog post.   But it was …   We’ve had a screen door on the front of the house since the day we moved in. […]

A Porch Refresh & $100 Ace Gift Card Giveaway

Halloween door decorations

My once welcoming porch no longer greeted my guests with a “come on in and stay awhile.” Instead it said, “I’m old” (which it is). And “I’m tired.” Oh, “and be careful on the fourth step from the bottom. It’s a doozy.”   It was just plain scary. And not in that intentional decorated for […]

A New Work Space


Sources: Accordion Lamp; Wall-Mounted Bottle Drying Rack; Chalkboard Wall Office; Sawhorse Desk (discontinued Restoration Hardware); Tin boxes; Sawhorses; Swivel Stool; 3-Tier Drying Rack; Metal Shelf Carts I’m overwhelmed.   My office, craft room, and Etsy shop business is situated directly in the center of our home. The dining room. It’s the room you can see […]

Comfort Foods & Comforts of Home

chicken pot pie

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. All opinions are 100% mine. Comfort food season has settled into Chicago.   It was touch and go there for awhile. The weather forecast kept promising sunshine (which we've seen) and seventy degree days (which we have not). But I held out hope. […]

My Great Big Clock. And A Question.

Large clock

I love clocks. I have one in every room of our house. In fact, in some rooms I have more than one … tick tock … tick tock. And when it comes to my the-more-the-merrier clock philosophy, I’ll add in one more requirement: the bigger the better.   Over the years, my clock purchases have […]

Industrial Look Table Lamps

industrial table lamp

I’m vignette challenged.   I like to pretend I prefer clean lines. Uncluttered table tops. It makes it easier to clean, I tell myself. Over and over again. But the truth is, I just don’t have what it takes to vignette ..  and, yes, I just used the word vignette as a verb. I admire […]